Written by Rizwan Butt, Writer on behalf of SASSA.
The South African Social Security Agency is an agency that provides financial assistance to eligible citizens in the form of grants. One of the grants offered by SASSA is the R350 grant, which was introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The R350 grant is a temporary grant that is paid out over a period of three months. It is aimed at providing relief to individuals who have lost their source of income due to the pandemic. The grant is available to South African citizens who are not receiving any other form of a social grant or UIF benefits.
If you meet the eligibility criteria for the R350 grant, you can apply for the grant online or at a SASSA office. In this article, we discuss the application process for the R350 grant.
Sassa grant application:
Step 1: Check your eligibility
Before you apply for the R350 grant, you need to make sure that you meet the eligibility criteria. You must be a SA citizen or SA permanent resident holder and must not be receiving any other social grant or UIF benefits. You must also be unemployed, not receiving any income, or have no source of income.
Step 2: Gather your documents
Once you have confirmed that you meet the eligibility criteria, you need to gather the necessary documents to support your application. These include:
- A valid South African ID or passport,
- Proof of residence (e.g., a utility bill or bank statement),
- A phone number and/or email address where you can be contacted,
- A bank account in your name where the grant can be paid into.
Step 3: Apply online or at a SASSA office
There are different ways to apply for the R350 grant: online or at a SASSA office.
To apply online, you need to have access to the internet and a device such as a smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can visit the SASSA website and follow the instructions to apply online. You will need to provide your personal details, contact details, and banking details.
Alternatively, you can visit a SASSA office to apply in person. You will need to take your documents with you and complete an application form. The SASSA staff will assist you with the application process.
Step 4: Wait for the outcome of your application
After submitting your application, you will need to wait for the outcome of your application. In case of application is successful submission, you will receive an SMS or email confirming that your application has been approved. You will also receive information on when and how the grant will be paid to you.
In case of an unsuccessful application, you will also receive an SMS or email explaining why your application was not approved. You can also appeal if you believe that your application was unfairly rejected.
Step 5: Receive your grant payment
You will receive the R350 grant payment in your bank account. The payment will be made over a period of three months. You will need to make sure that the bank account you provided in your application is active and can receive payments.
Check Sassa R350 grant status
For a Sassa SRD status check of your SASSA R350 grant application, you can do the following:
- Call the SASSA Call Center at 0800 60 10 11 and follow the prompts to speak to a consultant. They will ask for your ID number and other details to confirm your application status.
- Alternatively, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting an update on your application status. Include your full name, ID number, and the date of your application in the email.
- You can also check the grant application status on the SASSA website by following these steps:
- Go to the SASSA website.
- Click on the “Grants” tab at the top of the page.
- Select “COVID-19 SRD Grant” from the dropdown menu.
- Click on the “Status Check” button.
- Enter your ID number and cellphone number in the required fields.
- Click on “Submit” to check your application status.
- If you are approved for the grant, you will receive an SMS notifying you of the approval and the payment process.
In conclusion, the application process for the SASSA R350 grant is simple and straightforward. If you meet the application criteria, you can apply online or at a SASSA office. But must submit documents before you apply and be prepared to wait for the outcome of your application. The R350 grant is a lifeline for many South African citizens or people who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is important to take advantage of this opportunity if you are eligible.